Rana Dasgupta becomes Best Book Winner of The Commonwealth Writers Prize (April 12, 2010)
The judges chose Solo for its innovation, ambition, courage and effortlessly elegant prose. A remarkable novel of two halves, this is a book that takes risks and examines the places where grim reality and fantastical daydreams merge, diverge, and feed off each other. Solo, the judges concluded, is a tour de force, breathtaking in its boldness and narrative panache. The Best Book Winner takes home a £10,000 prize. Glenda Guest, won the Best First Book prize for Siddon Rock.
Rana Dasgupta was born in Canterbury in the UK and now lives in New Delhi. His first book, Tokyo Cancelled, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. You can read The Asian Writer interview November 2009 with Rana Dasgupta in here.